Explore the Family Name Whitton

The meaning of Whitton

1. Scottish: habitational name from Whitton in Morebattle (Roxburghshire). The placename is from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farm, village’, as with many of the places in 2 below. 2. English: habitational name from any of the places called Whitton (Durham, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Northumberland, Shropshire, Suffolk) or Witton (Cheshire, Durham, Lancashire, Herefordshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, North Yorkshire); or possibly from Wyton (Huntingdonshire, East Yorkshire); or possibly from Weeton, Market Weighton, or Little Weighton (East Yorkshire). The placenames do not all share the same etymology but most of their post-medieval spellings are interchangeable. Most of the placenames derive from the Old English personal name Hwīta or Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, though some, for example Witton in Warwickshire, derive from Old English wīc ‘dwelling, specialized farmstead’ + tūn, and some others, for example Witton in Norfolk, derive from Old English widu ‘wood’ + tūn. Whitton in Lincolnshire derives from the Old English personal name Hwīta (genitive Hwītan) or Old English hwīt (dative hwītan) + ēg ‘island’. Witton in Lancashire derives from the Old English personal Witta + Old English tūn. 3. English: in Devon, this surname is a variant of Whiddon.

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How common is the last name Whitton in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Whitton has slightly decreased in the United States from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, Whitton was ranked as the 9,185th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had fallen to 9,940th place, representing an 8.22% decrease in rank. The count of individuals with this surname also dropped slightly by 0.61%, from 3,266 people in 2000 to 3,246 in 2010. Consequently, the proportion of people named Whitton per 100,000 individuals declined by 9.09%, from 1.21 in 2000 to 1.1 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k1.211.1-9.09%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Whitton

The ethnic identity associated with the Whitton surname underwent some shifts between the years 2000 and 2010 according to the Decennial U.S. Census data. The proportion of those identifying as White decreased by 2.38%, from 94.73% in 2000 to 92.48% in 2010. Meanwhile, there was a notable increase in the percentage of Whittons who identify as Hispanic (from 1.29% to 2.34%) and those who identify with two or more races (from 1.56% to 2.16%). Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Black also saw modest increases in their proportions. The most significant change was among those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native, which increased from 0.15% to 0.55%.

Two or More Races1.56%2.16%38.46%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.15%0.55%266.67%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.37%0.43%16.22%

Whitton ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Whitton is British & Irish, which comprises 60.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.1%) and Italian (6.9%). Additional ancestries include Spanish & Portuguese, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Indigenous American, and Greek & Balkan.

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British & Irish60.6%
French & German19.1%

Possible origins of the surname Whitton

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Whitton have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom92.90%
Greater London, United Kingdom92.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom92.90%
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.70%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom91.70%

What Whitton haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Whitton is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Whitton surname are: H1, H, J1c. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

whittonPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Whitton have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Whitton" Surname 46.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Whitton" Surname 37.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Whitton" Surname 25.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Whitton" Surname 17.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Whitton?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Whitton are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%